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  • Pierre Bonnard
    Oct 03, 1867 - Jan 23, 1947
  • Portrait of a Young Woman with Hat - Pierre Bonnard was a French painter who helped provide a bridge between impressionism and the abstraction explored by post-impressionists. He is known for the bold colors in his work and a fondness for painting elements of everyday life, member of the group of artists called the Nabis and afterward a leader of the Intimists; he is generally regarded as one of the greatest colourists of modern art.
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    circa 1905
    Oil on canvas laid down on board
    Private Collection.

    By the turn of the century, Bonnard was one of the best established painters of his time, his success stemming from the popularity of his intimate depictions of domestic interiors and Paris scenes, as well as his keen draftsmanship. He continued to mature as an artist, and his style slowly began to shift back to the naturalism which he had rejected during his Nabis years. He became more attentive to issues such as color, space and light, as well as the anatomy and gesture of his models. Discussing Bonnard's works of the early years of the twentieth century, James Elliot commented that: "It was then that Bonnard assimilated into his own style the technical means of the impressionists—short brush strokes, lighter tonal values, sophisticated hue relationships" (James Elliot, Bonnard and His Environment (exhibition catalogue), Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1964, p. 24).

    Portrait de jeune femme ou Le chapeau is a strong example of this important transitional phase in Bonnard's oeuvre. This portrait is depicted in a clear and soft palette of grey and white, with a hint of brown. In the early twentieth century, hats were the fashion mainstay for the modern woman, and they were to be as imposing and ostentatious as possible. It was Bonnard's admiration for Renoir that led him to emphasize his sitters' hats. Indeed, Renoir was a great admirer of hats, and he even created his own extravagant hats for his female models to wear.

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Other paintings by Pierre Bonnard:

In the Street, the Woman in the Shadow
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Nude Dressing
Nude Dressing
Cinq Personnages
Cinq Personnages
Woman at a Table
Woman at a Table
Pierre BonnardPierre Bonnard was a French Post-Impressionist painter remembered for his ability to convey dazzling light with juxtapositions of vibrant color. “What I am after is the first impression—I want to show all one sees on first entering the room—what my eye takes in at first glance,” he said of his work. Born on October 3, 1867 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, Bonnard studied law at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1888. During this time, he was also enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts but left to attend the Académie Julian in 1889. At this more open-minded painting academy, Bonnard met Maurice Denis, Paul Sérusier, and Édouard Vuillard, among others. Together with these artists he helped from a group known as the Nabis, who were influenced by Japanese prints and the use of flat areas of color. Early on in his career, Bonnard was better known for his prints and posters than for his paintings. Moving to the South of France in 1910, over the following decades, Bonnard receded from the forefront of the art world, mainly producing tapestry-like paintings of his wife Marthe in their home. Late works of Bonnard, such as The Terrace at Vernonnet (1939), more closely resembled a continuation of Impressionism than other avant-garde styles of the era. Because of this, at the time of his death on January 23, 1947 in Le Cannet, France, the artist’s work had been largely discounted as regressive. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.